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Over a Century

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation

Some say it started in 1881 when Salt Lake City became the fifth city in the world to have central station electricity. Some say it started when Rocky Mountain Power (formerly Utah Power & Light) was officially founded in 1912.

Rocky Mountain Power has been giving back to its communities and supporting our energy future for over a century. And, for fifty years, it has supported the University of Wyoming. In total, it has given over $1 million to UW programs, supporting hundreds of students and faculty from all areas of UW.

Its philanthropic arm, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, was created in 1988 by parent company PacifiCorp. The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power.

Every year, Rocky Mountain Power, through the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, gives to UW and chooses the areas that they are most passionate about, ranging from the Jody K. Humphrey Inspirational Staff Award to the Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program, from the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences K–14 STEM Education Programs.

By supporting these initiatives, Rocky Mountain Power is making a difference in the lives of UW students and faculty, as well as making a positive impact on current and future generations of Wyoming.

“The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation aims to support impactful organizations—like the University of Wyoming—that perform critical work in our region,” says Abbie Rice, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation manager. “These groups work tirelessly to strengthen our communities, and the foundation is proud to serve as a dedicated partner in their efforts.”

Would your company like to partner with the University of Wyoming? Contact us at the UW Foundation, and we can connect you with the right people on campus. Also, you may be able to support UW through company matching. Use this tool at to check if your company matches your gifts. 

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